Most of you know that MeMe Smith retired as director of Schuyler Public Library on Sept. 29. She dedicated 16 years of her life to make your library the kind of facility the residents of our community needed and deserved. Through her hard work she brought the library into the 21st century by installing and updating the technology that many of us, and most young people, take for granted. Free access to the internet and/or free Wi-Fi were not always readily available at the library. Those services did not just magically appear, they took work to install and maintain, and MeMe was the driving force behind that effort.

If you did not have the opportunity to stop in and say goodbye and thanks to MeMe before she left, there will be a retirement reception on Sunday, Oct. 8, from 2-4 p.m. This will be a good opportunity for those who are served by Schuyler Public Library to express their appreciation for her 16 years of service to the community. Please plan to attend.

Now we come to our new director, Jenny White, who comes to us from Hong Kong. Yes, that Hong Kong, where she lived with her husband Bill White, a Schuyler native. While in Hong Kong, Jenny worked five years at the American International School library.

A Kearney native, Jenny is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, from which she earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology. A self-proclaimed “reader from childhood,” she worked at Barnes and Noble in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and also has extensive work history with books from chain stores, indie publishers and public libraries. She is excited to be working in Schuyler and is looking forward to the new Schuyler Public Library facility on north Colfax Street.

Stop by and meet Jenny and welcome her to your library and to Schuyler. She would love to visit with you about your favorite authors.

See you soon at your library.

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